This article is written for middle school students to learn about absolute value. The article includes absolute values of positive and negative numbers, connections to the number line, and how to compare absolute values. A graphic organizer, partner reading activity, and student directions are included to use at the station. Reading and summarizing this article has been a great way to get students comfortable with absolute value.
This article was written by Kimberly Wasylyk, a math teacher with 10 years of experience.
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CCSS.Math.Content.6.NS.C.7c Understand the absolute value of a rational number as its distance from 0 on the number line; interpret absolute value as magnitude for a positive or negative quantity in a real-world situation. For example, for an account balance of –30 dollars, write |–30| = 30 to describe the size of the debt in dollars.
CCSS.Math.Content.6.NS.C.7d Distinguish comparisons of absolute value from statements about order. For example, recognize that an account balance less than –30 dollars represents a debt greater than 30 dollars.
Middle School Math Article - The Absolute Truth About Absolute Value
by Kimberly Wasylyk
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